Birth + Postpartum Doula
"I provide inclusive care to people of all experiences, identities, bodies, and backgrounds. My love language is acts of service, and I love helping people realize their dream of building a thriving family. "
Marissa's goal as a birth worker is to nurture you through this transitional period of life with empathy, specialized training, and experience.
Marissa Lanterman is certifying as a full-spectrum gestational support practitioner. She has a long history of caregiving for families, and it’s through this that she discovered Doula work. From then on she has sought out resources and trainings for her and her clients that aligns with her values of anti-racism, inclusive care, reproductive justice, and bodily autonomy.
"I love working with LGBTQIA+ families and first-time parents. As a queer person, I deeply understand the joys, challenges, and outright roadblocks that we face in family building."
Marissa specializes in helping people build confidence in their bodies, babies, and abilities as parents. My goal as your doula is to hold space for you to process your experiences, and facilitate a peaceful, healing and bonding environment in the postpartum home.
Her approach to infant care is based on RIE and her own person experiences with Montessori. She enjoys helping parents to connect and bond with their infants through methods that encourage connection and mutual respect.
Marissa lives in Hampden, Baltimore with her wife and cat. They hope to welcome a new little person into thier awesome family and community soon! Marissa moved to Baltimore in 2006 to attend MICA. When she's not working, you can find her reading in in the backyard hammock, lifting weights at MissionFit, or in her kitchen cooking up something delicious.
Full Spectrum Maternal Support Practitioner Certification via Bebo Mia
Red Cross Infant, Pediatric, and Adult First Aid and CPR Certified
Trained in Gender-Affirming Birthwork with Moss the Doula
Doula Reviews for Marissa Lanterman
"Marissa was very focused on providing the support that would meet our specific needs. One of the things that I really appreciated was that she helped contact lactation consultants and set up an appointment while I was still in the Hospital. Her attention was on the whole family and in supporting us in the postpartum transition."
"Marissa is a very caring and intuitive person and my partner and I both felt comfortable with her from the start. Any parent would be fortunate to have Marissa as their doula."
"Nowadays with families and friends spread out, plus the pandemic, it is very easy to feel isolated those first few weeks post baby. And for me, who couldn’t remember the last time I held a baby or changed a diaper pre-Hope, the thought of bringing home a baby without a support network was overwhelming. From a pre-baby visit to help prep, meal deliveries (with delicious lactation treats), guidance and encouragement, help around the house, and an extra pair of hands so I can eat lunch, I’m so thankful to have her support for a few hours a week as I’ve tackled this new role as mama."
"During pregnancy it was so easy for me to get swept up in finding the “best” X baby item and stressing over my birth plan, but prepping for postpartum life (including finding support systems) really has been the key to me surviving (and some days even thriving) these first few weeks post baby. Thank you Marissa for guiding me through all this, and being my calm in the storm."
Marissa Lanterman's Doula Services:
Postpartum Doula Services
Including Marissa in your Postpartum Support Team means receiving daytime or overnight help to keep your household running smoothly. Postpartum Doulas help with:
Holding & Feeding the baby or babies
Supporting the sleep schedule
Household tasks - laundry, dishes, cooking
Running basic errands for the family
Supporting the birthing parents in accessing resources, such as lactation or mental health support
Packages range from 4-150+ hours, from $40/hour+. Reach out to receive your custom quote today!